In addition to the high level of skill required to play ice hockey, to be successful you need, among other things, good speed, agility, and balance! However, which of these are more important? Below is a discussion about the fitness requirements for ice hockey, which can help with developing training programs for this sport, and for interpreting fitness testing results and determining the relative strengths and weaknesses of a hockey player.
You need to be quick with good balance
We have a poll about the component of fitness most important for success in Ice Hockey. Out of the options of Body Size and Composition, Muscle Strength, Muscular Endurance, Power, Speed / Quickness, Agility, Flexibility, Balance and Coordination, and Cardiovascular Endurance, the factors which are considered most important by the readers of this site are speed and balance, followed by agility and aerobic fitness. You can add your vote too, and see the latest results.
You Need to be quick and have good balance
In a similar poll, we have asked people to rate the 12 factors of success for sports. Visitors to this site have rated each of these factors for the sport of ice hockey, and the most important according to them are: speed, balance and coordination and skill. You can also add your ratings of Which Factors Make Successful Ice Hockey Players, and see the latest results.
Most Important Factors for Success in Order of Importance (data from 2018)
- Speed / Quickness
- Balance & Coordination
- Skill and Technique
- Motivation & Self Confidence
- Reaction Time
- Coping with Pressure Situations
- Analytic & Tactical Ability
- Strength & Power
- Aerobic Endurance
- Body Size and Composition
Are You an Expert?
I have found that asking all site visitors for their opinion, while it is interesting, does not always lead to accurate results. We want to know what the experts think. If you consider yourself an expert in Ice Hockey, go here to add your opinion.
- Fitness Testing for Ice Hockey
- Warm Up for Hockey
- Ice Hockey Polls
- See information about specific fitness test protocols: the NHL draft combine, SPARQ testing for hockey and Hockey Next Testing.